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Any hint of sunshine has our thoughts turning to al freso socialising. And what’s a perfect, easy drink on a warm day? A wine spritzer. Sparkling and refreshing, it’s an ideal alternative to a cocktail or glass of Champagne or Prosecco – and is a great one to sip if you’re looking for a low-alcohol tipple, whatever the weather might be doing.
There is so much variety to them too. Typically, a spritz is made with white wine but you can also make a red wine spritz – and of course rosé wine and non-alcoholic wines work too. There is huge scope for dialling the sweetness up or down and you can add extra flavours with the likes of fresh fruit or bitters.
Quite simply it’s a blend of wine, carbonated water and ice - and it can be topped up with herbs, fruits and more.
When it comes to the wine, aromatic, fruity options that are low in tannins can take the watering down without losing flavour - try Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc in a white wine spritzer and Grenache or Pinot Noir in a red wine spritzer.
When it comes to the bubbles, something neutral like soda water works well, but you can also use tonic, simple sparkling water or even a white lemonade. And for added flavour you can throw in a dash of bitters or opt for a slice or two of citrus fruit and some sprigs of mint.
A wine spritzer is a great option when you’re looking for a drink that’s refreshing and easy – and if you want to give it a try, check out our recipe below.
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